Get There: Ataba station is the closest metro stop to Sayyidna al-Hussein Mosque. Taxis are also readily available.
The mosque, considered to be one of the holiest Islamic sites in Cairo, was built on the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs, a fact that was later discovered during the excavation. The mausoleum (dating back to 1154) is the oldest part of the complex. The Mosque houses some very sacred items, including the oldest believed complete manuscript of the Quran and the shrine in which the head of Ibn al-Hussein, the grandson of Muhammed the Prophet, is alleged to be have been buried.
The square just before the entrance to the mosque is one of the most convenient entrance points to the Khan El-Khalili.